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Boone Man To Continue Serving 50 Year Sentence Despite Plea For Release
Reported by: Leslie Rubin
Videographer: Leslie Rubin
Web Producer: Leslie Rubin
Reported: Oct. 18, 2012 10:01 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 18, 2012 10:16 PM EDT
Madison , Boone County , West Virginia
A Boone County man accused of shooting his uncle in the face, and then turning the gun on police won't be getting out of prison anytime soon.
In 2005, then 17-year-old Brandon Poe was arrested for violent and bizarre series of crimes. Now, just seven years into a 50 year sentence, he was making a plea to get out of jail.
Poe came into Boone County Circuit Court on Thursday, hoping to persuade a judge to get out of prison. A half a century prison sentence handed to him after a crime spree that went national.
Poe is a member of the infamous White family in Boone County, and a character in one of the many stories told in the controversial documentary "Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia."
Poe shot his uncle, Billy Hastings, in the face in November 2005. He also robbed two people at gunpoint, stole several cars, set a car on fire, and shot at police six times. But in court on Thursday, Hastings pleaded for his nephew's release from prison.
"I love him and I forgive him. I love you with all my heart and it kills that you're in there. I want you to be out," Hastings said, holding back tears.
Poe's attorney argued that he was only 17 when the crimes occurred, and has since worked to make himself a better person in prison as reasons he should be set free. Officers who were there the night he shot at them came to speak out against his release.
"We're pleased that this is one less individual that we have dealt with in the past that we at least have a chance at not having to deal with in the future," explained Boone County Sheriff Rodney Miller.
A plea for mercy that didn't go far. Judge William Thompson ordered him back to prison, but made sure he knew it had nothing to do with his family's long, and very well-known history in Boone County.
Poe will be eligible for parole in 2018. He will be 30 years old.
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